**waving** Hi guys! Rain is still feeling under the weather (<-- see what I did there?) from her oral surgery, so you're stuck with a book recommendation from me today!
I know what you're thinking: "Meadow, why did you use the picture of Rain with the visor?" Because it's hysterical!
You may also be thinking "Meadow, you read real books?" The answer to that is: Of course! Twilight was a real book, after all!
One of those times when I picked up a real, paste and paper book was to read The Black Jewels Trilogy by Anne Bishop. It's not YA, and it's not light. It is lush, magical, brooding, funny, and completely captivating.
I'm a lover of dark fantasy. Give me some magic powers and an epic battle between good and evil and I'm in heaven. (Or hell, depending on the fantasy and set-up.) The Black Jewels Trilogy follows just such an epic struggle, in the form of some of the most powerful females I've ever read in fiction. The set-up is a society run by people who have been born with special powers, or gifts. Their inherent power is represented by their Jewels. Over time, the system has been exploited and corrupted to such a degree that war - and a complete breakdown of society - is imminent. Enter Jaenelle Angelline, a child who may just be the answer to a prophecy, and the salvation the world is hoping for. Mixed in with the drama is, of course, romance and intrigue.
The Black Jewels Trilogy is a compilation of three novels: Daughter of the Blood, Heir to the Shadows, and Queen of Darkness. If you like your fantasy less unicorns-and-rainbows and more black-crows-and-rainclouds, you should definitely give it a try. I consider it one of my top five favorite books, and I think you will too.
You can find Anne Bishop's website, along with more information about her other novels, here: http://www.annebishop.com/index.html
If you've read the series, let me know what you think!